Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney
Suffering a personal injury at the hands of a negligent driver is costly, painful, traumatic and a serious disruption in your life. You’re thrown out of work and incurring significant medical expenses. Who is going to pay those bills, and who is going to run the household while you are laid up? Florida personal injury law allows you to recover significant compensation from the negligent driver who hit you, but they don’t make it easy. It’s your job as the injured victim to bring a claim against the negligent driver and prove their negligence and liability to you. Meanwhile, the at-fault driver and their insurance company fight back and deny their liability; instead, they blame you for causing the accident or dispute how much you were really injured. How do you deal with insurance company professionals who do nothing but manage injury claims all day, with the goal of paying out as little as they can?
Here’s a thought. You focus on getting healthy again and getting your life back in order. Let us focus on getting you the compensation you need and deserve. At Hale Law, P.A., you’ll find an accomplished Sarasota personal injury attorney with years of experience working for the insurance companies as well as fighting for injury victims like yourself. Our firm is dedicated to getting excellent results that help you get back on your feet after a serious injury. Call our office after any personal injury accident in Sarasota or Bradenton, including:
What kinds of compensation can you collect for a Sarasota personal injury?
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident that is outside of Florida’s no-fault insurance system, you can recover for the full amount of harm done to you, including both economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damage refers to direct financial expenses such as hospital and medical expenses, doctor bills, prescription medicines, wheelchairs, home health aides, etc. It also covers losses such as wages, salary or benefits if you missed work after the accident or if you cannot return to your old job or earn a living at the same level as before the crash. Noneconomic damage includes harm such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, the loss in quality of life, or scarring and disfigurement. Although you may not have a direct expense related to these kinds of harm, they are very real types of harm nevertheless, and Florida personal injury law recognizes that you should be compensated for these damages.
In some cases, you may be entitled to punitive damages as well. Punitive damages are meant to punish a negligent defendant for extremely bad conduct, such as drunk driving with an extremely high blood alcohol level, reckless street racing or excessive speeding with no regard for the safety of others, or intentionally trying to scare a pedestrian or run a bicyclist off the road. If a jury finds such conduct to be extremely reckless or malicious, they may order the defendant to pay you punitive damages in an amount that really hurts the defendant financially and sends a message to other drivers about the types of behavior that are simply not tolerated here in Sarasota County. Punitive damage awards are relatively rare in personal injury matters, and they are harder to prove than other types of damages, but at Hale Law, we’ll take the extra time and make the extra effort to pursue punitive damages in appropriate cases.
What if the Insurance company says the accident is your fault?
Insurance companies would prefer not to have to pay claims, and when they do have to pay, they hope to pay as little as possible. One way they do this is by denying that their insured caused the accident. Instead, they blame the person making the claim. At the very minimum, they’ll say that you are at least partially to blame. Were you t-boned in an intersection? They’ll say you were speeding or didn’t have the right-of-way. Rear-ended while waiting at a stoplight? They’ll say you didn’t go when the light turned green. The point of placing at least a portion of the fault on you is that it reduces the amount they have to pay. Under Florida’s law of comparative negligence, any percentage of fault attributed to you equals a proportional percentage reduction in the amount of compensation you can recover.
Don’t let the other driver’s insurance company decide you were at fault. Make sure you are represented by an attorney with as much knowledge and experience in Sarasota car accidents as the lawyers on the other side. At Hale Law, we use our years of experience representing insurance companies as well as injured plaintiffs to fight back against unfounded claims of comparative fault. Our goal is to get you the most appropriate level of compensation considering the harm that was done to you, and we’ll fight to achieve that goal.
Call Attorney Patrick M. Hale after a Sarasota Personal Injury
If you’ve been harmed by a negligent driver in Sarasota or Bradenton, call Hale Law, P.A. at 941-735-4529 for a free consultation with an experienced Sarasota personal injury attorney who is sensitive to your needs and aggressively pursues your claim with the insurance company. There’s no fee until we recover for you.